November 01, 2008

Human Resource Management Lesson 5 Exercise


There are legitimate differences of interest and priorities between the employers and employee, in other words the parties have competing interest in some aspects. These differences should be identified and respected, so the employment relationship is necessarily based on some degree of conflict between employers and employees.

The typical goal of the employer is maximize the profit, the employees look for security, compensation, balance between personal and professional life, education and so on, obviously the motivators of employees means expense for the employer. Although employees and employer have differences a win-win situation is possible.


The mutual gains of the parties are behind the partnership, on one hand the employer is more competitive with employees more flexible and on the other hand employees enhanced education, employment security, and career development. Some of the factors that can contribute to have a harmonious employment relationship are listed below:

  • Recognition and respect the differences between the parts.

  • Company culture of cooperation between the parties.

  • Alignment of goals of the parties through compensation or other programs.

  • Personal development plans for employees.

  • Education to ensure transferability of skills and qualifications

  • Plans oriented to increase of employee motivation


  • Study notes. Warwick University. Human Resource Management.

  • Marchington, M. and Wilkinson, A. (2005) Human Resource Management at Work (3rd edn). London: CIPD

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